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Litquake's Epicenter: Bruce Barcott in Conversation with Daniel Duane: Weed the People

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Event Type:
Jack Boulware
Location Details:
998 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Litquake is proud to host the San Francisco launch of Bruce Barcott's newest work, Weed the People.

"Will the rest of the country follow suit? To judge by Barcott's useful book, you'd do well not to bet against it." -Kirkus Reviews

Washington and Colorado have established the world's first legal and state-regulated marijuana industries and, in doing so, have carried out one of the most remarkable about-faces in American history. Weed the People, the new book from TIME Books/Time Home Entertainment, Inc., traces the history and legalization of marijuana in the United States and investigates the question, "Have the past 75 years of marijuana prohibition been wholly unnecessary, or are we deluding ourselves about the harm we're about to unleash?"

Author, journalist and cannabis industry expert Bruce Barcott, a Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction, chronicles how marijuana is changing from a demonized drug to a medicine and mild intoxicant. In 2012, Barcott reluctantly voted for legalization in his home state of Washington; the next morning he wondered, "What have we done?" Weed the People answers that question with an insightful and often funny dive into the booming pot industry and a look at the legal, social, cultural, and personal changes brought about by the changing status of the world's most controversial plant.

Daniel Duane is the author of seven books, including the surf memoir Caught Inside, A Surfer's Year on the California Coast. His journalism, appearing in Men's Journal, The New York Times Magazine, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, GQ, Esquire, Outside, and many other publications, has won a National Magazine Award and been nominated for a James Beard Award. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the writer Elizabeth Weil, and his two daughters.

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